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Google Now Indexes SVG Images

In related news to our earlier post about Adobe adding HTML5 tools to Illustrator CS5, Google has recently announced that they are starting to index SVG image files:

You can now use Google search to find SVG documents. SVG is an open, XML-based format for vector graphics with support for interactive elements. We’re big fans of open standards, and our mission is to organize the world’s information, so indexing SVG is a natural step.

We index SVG content whether it is in a standalone file or embedded directly in HTML. The web is big, so it may take some time before we crawl and index most SVG files, but as of today you may start seeing them in your search results.

Since HTML5 takes advantage of the SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file format to include vector art, this is of interest to those of us who work with vector graphics — including illustrators, graphic designers and web designers.

Personally, I wouldn’t be including any of my original art online as SVG as it’s basically offering up the artwork, but I can imagine many other situations where this would be ideal, such as stock images, maps and the like.

I’m not very familiar with SVG, as I have mostly focused on .ai and .eps files since they are industry-standard, but with the coming HTML5 wave, I think many designers will need to start diving into the world of SVG a little deeper.

At least for now, it seems this isn’t included in the Google Images search — which seems a bit odd — but hopefully it will make it’s way there eventually.

About the Author, George Coghill

George Coghill isa freelance humorous illustrator/cartoonist specializing in mascot cartoon character design & cartoon logos. His cartooning & illustration work can be seen at and at his cartooning and illustration blog. Be sure to follow me on Twitter here!
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  • Craig

    I am the same, I dont’ really have much experience with SVG, but your recommendation about the HTML5, and being able to design in both will definitely be beneficial , the 1st I have read about it, but will keep SVG in mind, Thanks.

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  • shepazu

    George, I understand the concern about posting your vectors online, but consider: the Web has thrived because of the ability to view the source of the page, to learn from what others have done, and to improve on it, just as they learn from what you have done. Remember that you are not a commodity… just because someone has the product of your ability, doesn’t mean they have your ability to create great work… and ultimately, that is what will earn you money. The more people know about your work (through sharing and even copying), the higher the demand for your skills.

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    I have just read the Google article about the new webp article and with Google indexing SVG, does seem they are focusing on image sizes. LT

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